Diamantina National Park defended to protect native animals

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Almost 300 km of old barbed wire fences along Queensland’s Diamantina National Park have been removed to protect native animals, including the rare night parrot.

Queensland Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said that with funding from the state government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package, rangers and conservation groups have been able to gradually defend the former breeding station, the fence posing a threat to low-flying birds, gliders and bats.

The fence was installed by farmers to manage livestock before the park was purchased by the Queensland government in 1992.

Minister Scanlon noted that “it has been almost 30 years since the land was transformed into a 507,000 hectare national park, and during that time we have seen many resident and migratory bird species return to local wetlands. , which serve as a refuge in an otherwise arid environment. Region.

“Resident birds, such as the critically endangered nocturnal parrot, first seen in 2016 are notorious for flying low and fast – and this leaves them very little time to avoid fences.

Minister Scanlon said rangers had requested assistance from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy during the early stages of removing the park’s fences, and from Bush Heritage Australia in removing the fences separating the Pullen Pullen Nature Reserve and Diamantina National Park.

“The initial aim of the project was to remove fences from areas of known habitat for nocturnal parrots and likely migration routes, with most of the early work being done by hand.

“It was hard and arduous work, so a custom tractor was purchased with a wire winder in the front winding up the fence.

As agriculture has now ceased on the site, the fence was no longer needed and much of it had fallen into disuse.

“Removing the fence from this location will play an important role in protecting local populations of rare species of birds that have been found there since the creation of the national park.

“These populations face a series of threats and birds can sometimes be injured on fences, so initiatives like this can only help their long-term survival.

“I am grateful for the efforts of rangers and conservation groups as this plays an important role in the Queensland Government’s commitment to protect and conserve the rare and endangered species that inhabit Diamantina National Park and the nature reserve. by Pullen Pullen.

“This is a unique way to help the environment alongside other major projects as part of our record $ 1.4 billion investment to support conservation and create jobs during our COVID-19 economic recovery. “

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